Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I´ve take a little pause from Insta and my blog for a few weeks, because I have felt very drained and empty inside. Not even crafting (my very fave thing to do!!) could get me excited. So I´ve mainly sat outside in the garden doing nothing (trying to reload my energy levels) or binge watched Netflix. Today, for the first time (as it seems to me) in ages, I sat down in my studio and felt like I might even do something crafty.

I guess my batteries were completely empty? And I´ve been experiencing pain in my operated leg again. And it´s soooo annoying, because it keeps me awake at night and I experience pain when sitting -> affects crafting, motivation, energy levels, mood etc.. And I´ve done exercise – some days even too much – and the pain is still there. So today I gave up and took a pain killer. I don´t like taking them, so it has to be a lot of pain, before I give in. But I really needed a break from everything.

And now to crafting again: Back in May (yes, May!!) I took part in a Global ATC SWAP organized by my lovely, talented friend, Tina Walker. And I mailed my ATC´s right beginning of May to her. Fun fact, it took them THREE MONTHS to finally get to Tina in the US (thanks to Covid). I had already totally given up on them ever getting there, but miracles happen and they eventually arrived. So therefore I´m sharing what I did for the swap with you today. Here is the set of 3 ATCs I created:

And last Wednesday I also received an envelope from Tina with 3 SWAP ATC from Annette, Jen and Michele (from left to right). I LOVE them!!! Thank you ladies!!!

And funny enough, even the sentiment on my ATC´s from May match my current mood. For my ATC´s I´ve followed a FB live by Tim Holtz back in April/May and used his technique ideas on these 3 cards. I´ve got Distress Paint on the background, then some stamping in black. Bits of old newspaper here and there, adhered with matte medium then covered with Distress Crayons and a pattern created on top with stencils. Also some metallic cardstock die cut and embossed (one of Tim´s dies at Sizzix), then inked with alcohol inks. Love the look it creates!

And for finishing touches a stamped sentiment from Dyan´s stamp set and old fussy cut ladies from a vintage catalogue.

Just out of interest, what do you do, when you feel physically and emotionally drained? Crafting has always been something to give me more energy and suddenly not even that felt right anymore. So I took a consious break from everything. It felt like the right thing to do. Come to think of it, maybe it´s the big birthday (5+0) lurking around the corner that has me feeling all these feelings. Maybe I´m just mentally adjusting to the „next level“? Haha…the irony of turning fifty in 2020..I sure picked the best year, eh?

Here´s to a better week to come with more energy and creative fun times *fingers crossed*!
xxx, Sanna


Alcohol lift-ink cards

Hello, and happy Tuesday! Today I´m stopping by to share two cards I created using Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink with Finnabair stamps. I used silver mirror cardstock with the alcohol inks. That created a certain difficulty in taking a picture of the finished cards. Being a mirror cardstock and silver I had to try really hard to get a picture, where you can see the effect properly.

As I have been watcing Tim´s Facebook lives I´ve been inspired to dig into my older stash and play with alcohol inks abit. I didn´t have any white glossy cardstock at hand, but I had plenty of silver mirror cardstock. I figured it would to the trick too – and it did!

So I first applied the alcohol inks onto the cardstock and let them do their magic. When the surface was really dry, I took the alcohol lift-ink pad and stamped Finnabairs butterfly stamp images onto the surface. Now this is my very first time testing this technique and I didn´t know if it would work out. But it did. I wanted to create clean and simple cards with the resulted paper and these are the ones I ended up with. Really like them lots. For decor I only added STAMPlorations clear stickers. Works really well on the mirror cardstock too.

The die cut dies I used are by Tonic Studios, just in case you were wondering.. I always try to list all products at the end of the post, and if they are not available anymore, try to find suitable alternatives.

Wishing you a lovely start into the week. Happy creating!
xxx, Sanna


DIY colorful Dresden Paper images

Hello everyone! I have so much enjoyed watching the Facebook Lives by Tim Holtz recently! And a few weeks back (I think, I lost count of days and weeks) he shared this idea with his embossing glazes and crayons in combination with his Sizzix Impresslits die cut dies. I so fell in love with the results, BUT I don´t have the glazes yet, so there goes that idea (for now).

But he said something in his video that got me thinking. He said, he originally designed the dies to create DIY Dresden papers and didn´t do that much anymore, because it was just that, DIY Dresden.. I had some VERY OLD alcohol inks (old school, like Tim says!) in my stash and some silver mirror cardstock that would make perfect Dresden papers. So this idea came to my mind when I played with the silver paper and tried alcohol lift-ink on it and just played around. It was this what if moment you get while experimenting and just playing with product without any particular plan: I could do DIY alcohol ink colored Dresden images – that for sure would look cool!! And it did!!!

Here are the results:

For first step just apply the alcohol inks onto a silver mirror paper either directly (let flow, spread and dry on their own or use a felt piece to apply and then let properly dry out).

Next take any of Tim´s Impresslits dies out and die cut the alcohol inked papers. And BAM! Just look at this gorgeousness!!! I am in love! Sooo many cool colours. And they somehow remind me of vintage christmas tree baubles!!! Like the ones our grandma´s used to decorate the trees with. So until I get any of the glazes, I am going to use all my silver mirror paper pieces and old alcohol inks and make these! These pieces will make great additions to any mixed media project.

Thank you Tim for the inspiring video that got me into doing this :)! Love the results.

Happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna


September challenge – The Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog

Hi there lovelies! Time to share with you the new MMCC September card challenge!!! This time it´s all about autumn and autumn colours. As an additional element please use either metal or leaves (or both :-)..).

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by September 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT -700).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on September 30.

This month’s challenge is pretty special too because we’ve got a fabulous sponsor: Add a Little Dazzle!

„We specialize in an exclusive line of craft metal sheets that helps you take your crafting to the next level. Whether you are a seasoned or new crafter, our craft metal sheets will help you create unique projects that will make you stand out among the crowd. Are you ready to take your crafting to the next level? Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets will help you turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.“
Add A Little Dazzle is offering a $15 gift certificate to use towards products in the AALD Boutique.
We will randomly pick a winner of the gift certificate from all the entries that have the optional element (metal or leaves or both). So if you want a shot at this month’s prize, create a mixed media card that has metal (craft metal sheet or any kind of metal) or leaves or both.

This is what I made:

I´ve first stamped leaves onto the background (by Stampendous) and then added a piece of dry embossed, alcohol inked metal (by Add a Little Dazzle) on the bottom part of the card. In the middle there is a piece of inked resist canvas in there. Embellishments are just a few simple buttons combined with a Wycinanka leaf chipboard.

I love seeing your submissions to the challenges, so I hope you get inspired also this time and join in with us :)!!! Have fun and see you at MMCC!

xoxo, Sanna

Jewelry box – Frog Dog Studio

Hello there! I am really proud to be able to be a part of the Frog Dog Studio team, and today I have the pleasure of sharing with you my very first kit projects. I will start with a jewelry box tutorial.

I started with the foil tape and first glued it on a piece of cardtock and then treated it with alcohol inks (Meadow, Currant and Mountain Rose). I let it dry before going over to the next step.

After the ink was all dry, I cut the excess paper off and placed the foil into a dry embossing folder and ran it thru my Big Shot machine.

After that I went and wiped the surface with black Archival ink for additional detail and let the piece dry.

I wanted to have a similar look on the metal box, so I treated both the lid and the box with the same Alcohol ink colors.
After that I took out the rusting powder and some Glue n´ Seal, applied some white winegar in a spray bottle and started to treat corrugated cardboard and some metal and chipboard elements with it.

First I applied the Glue n´ Seal with a paintbrush onto the metal pieces and before it was totally dry, poured some Rusting powder over the surfaces.

Next I dabbed off the residue powder and sprayed the surfaces with white winegar.
Now all I had to do was to leave it all to do its magic on its own – the instruction says it takes about 15 Minutes, until you start to see effects. I noticed that the parts with the thinner powder layer started rusting faster.  You don´t need to apply that much powder at all – a thin layer is enough.

I then repeated the same procedure with the chipboard elements and the corrugated cardboard.

I really liked the fact that the rust „bleeded“ onto the paper underneath and actually used that paper on an other project later :).

After the pieces were ready to be used, I started to decorate the box. I first cut the dry embossed foil tape piece to match the lid size, then glued a piece of corrugated cardboard over it and applied some Mantilla black over the surface for additional interest.

Next I selected a clock sticker from the Tim Holtz Sticker book as a centerpiece for the lid, glued it onto a piece of cardstock to make it more stable, inked around the edges with black ink and added the big metal clip on the top.

I then glued the clip onto the lid with tacky tape.

After that I just added some chipboard that I had treated with Lindy´s Stamp Gang mists, rusting powder and the paint dabber that was in the kit (Pebble) and glued them on their places. There is also a little sticker ticket and some silver yarn as additional decoration. And finally the sentiment metal labelon the top of it all.

Here are some detail photos:

As you can see, I placed a thick foam piece into the box. It will hold the jewelry in place and keep it from getting scratched.

Love the kits as much as I do, then you definitely should read how you can subscribe and while there, check out the shop for some additional goodies :).

Happy crafting,
xoxo, Sanna

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